7 must-do's in Vienna this December

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7 must-do's in Vienna this December

7 must-do's in Vienna this December

If there's ever a time when Vienna shines brightest, it's definitely December. Some even call it the Christmas capital of Europe. With the smell of glühwein and roasted nuts in the air, surrounded by numerous Christmas markets wrapped into thousands of flickering Christmas lights, it just doesn't get any better. Below you'll find 7 suggestions how to make the most of your Christmas holiday in Vienna.

Spend an evening walking around Christmas markets

Christmas markets in Vienna feel like small cozy villages inside a big city. Once you enter, you are embraced by numerous of wooden stalls wrapped in Christmas lights and ornaments, merchants selling mulled wine, chocolate-covered treats and roasted nuts. The smell and joy alone can make you lose yourself in the festive mood, forgetting about real life for a while. 

Drink Weihnachtspunsch

One of the smells spreading through Christmas markets is without a doubt the smell of the Weihnachtspunsch (Christmas punch). It's a perfect way to warm your soul and keep out the chill of a cold winter evening. Punch is often served in collectible Christmas mugs, which you can keep in exchange for a small deposit.

Enjoy one of the countless Christmas concerts

Christmas is a time when numerous concerts take place all around Vienna. Some of the world's best classical musicians perform Mozart's, Bach's, Händl's and Strauss' compositions that are in perfect harmony with city's atmosphere.

Skip the lines and get your hands on the tickets to the Christmas trumpet concert, Strauss & Mozart Christmas concerts or Christmas concerts at St. Stephen's Cathedral online.

Go ice skating

During winter there are ice rinks set up all around the city. One of the most famous ones spreads across 6000 square meters between the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Inter-Continental Hotel.

In addition, Austria's oldest open-air ice rink opened its doors on October 21st and offers a truly unique ice skating experience. The Englemann ice rink is set onto a beautiful rooftop, treating you with an amazing view whenever you decide to stop and enjoy it.  

ice rink skating vienna city hall

Attend a New Year's Eve Gala

If you like the idea of celebrating New Year's Eve in style, Vienna is a place to be. There are many celebration arrangements offering a truly unforgettable experience in various gorgeous venues all around Vienna.

Book your tickets before it's too late and enjoy a one-of-a-kind New Year's Eve.

"Winter im MQ"

Winter in the Museumsquartier offers a number of events. The area is surrounded by some of Vienna's most famous museums around a sizable courtyard, attracting many people each day. This year's programme will include the erection of ice pavilions, eye-catching light shows, video projections broadcast onto the sides of the buildings, live music, DJs and more.

Indulge in the world's most famous chocolate cake

Because chocolate cake is always a great idea and because Vienna is the birthplace of the most famous one on the planet, enjoy a piece of the Sachertorte alongside some hot cocoa. Take a break from walking around the city and warm your body and soul.

Follow these suggestions, but don't forget to explore Vienna on your own to create some special memories and make this Christmas holiday stick out from the rest!

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